Elbert, Colorado

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Elbert, Colorado
Census-designated place
Elbert is located in Colorado
Coordinates: 39°13′12″N 104°32′12″W / 39.22000°N 104.53667°W / 39.22000; -104.53667Coordinates: 39°13′12″N 104°32′12″W / 39.22000°N 104.53667°W / 39.22000; -104.53667
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Elbert[1]
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 6,715 ft (2,047 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 230
 • Density 485/sq mi (187.4/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[2] 80106
FIPS code 08-23520
GNIS feature ID 193207

Elbert is a census-designated place (CDP) and the location of a U.S. post office in Elbert County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 230.[3]


Elbert is located in southwestern Elbert County at 39°13′12″N 104°32′12″W / 39.22000°N 104.53667°W / 39.22000; -104.53667 (39.220019,-104.536800). It is in the valley of Kiowa Creek. Elbert Road leads north 10 miles (16 km) to Kiowa and south 11 miles (18 km) to Eastonville. Colorado Springs is 37 miles (60 km) to the southwest via Elbert Road and U.S. Route 24.


The community is named for Colorado territorial governor and state Supreme Court Justice Samuel Hitt Elbert. The Elbert post office has the ZIP code 80106.[2]

On June 15, 2009, at 1:46 pm, a large three quarter mile-wide, EF2 tornado touched down in rural fields west of the town. The tornado came within 2 miles (3 km) of the town at its closest. The tornado destroyed a barn at a farm and damaged an airplane hangar.[4]

During the summer, Elbert is much busier due to a nearby Boy Scout camp, Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, which has 10,000 visitors annually. 2.8 miles (4.5 km) south of Elbert lies the JCC Ranch Camp, a Jewish camp owned by the Denver Jewish Community Center.

Kiowa Creek Flood - May 31, 1935[edit]

The most significant flood events in Elbert County occurred in 1935, 1965, 1997, and 1999. The most damaging flood was in 1935, when flooding on Kiowa Creek destroyed three-fourths of the structures location in Elbert and resulted in nine deaths, seven of them in Elbert.[5] All bridges were lost, 59 buildings were destroyed, water was 8 to 15 feet (2.4 to 4.6 m) deep, and there were 5 feet (1.5 m) of sand. Three-fourths of the town of Elbert was destroyed and not rebuilt. [6]

Mrs. Clarance Cook, the telephone operator, warned people down creek until the water was so high she had to run for the hill. Two members of the Christian Church, Mary Gresham Goff and her daughter, Grace Goff, lost their lives when they refused to heed the warnings to leave and stayed in the restaurant they operated in the Odd Fellows Hall.[7]


Elbert lies along Elbert Road, which connects the town of Kiowa to U.S. Highway 24. The largest nearby city is Castle Rock, which is about 45 minutes away via SH 86, which Elbert Road crosses at Kiowa. Colorado Springs is an hour drive via US 24.

Elbert meteorite[edit]

On 11 January 1998 a fireball was seen over Elbert County. On 4 March 2000 a stone of 680.5 g was found in a field by the five year old Dustin Riffel on the property of his family. It was officially named "Elbert" and it was classified as an ordinary chondrite LL6.[8]

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